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Marlene Ekola Gerberick

Date of Death: May 21, 2018

Date of Birth: April 29, 1935


TOPSHAM - Marlene Ekola Gerberick, age 83, passed away peacefully at the Highlands in Topsham on May 21, 2018 after a long illness.

Born on April 29, 1935 in Crystal Falls, Michigan, she was one of four daughters raised by her parents, John and Tunie Ekola, on the family farm in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. As the youngest child, Marlene spent much of her youth exploring the dense and isolated forests surrounding her home. This experience, combined with her Finnish upbringing, created the foundation of her life as an artist. Inspired by her connection to Finland, and sharing the love of nature and solitude of its people, Marlene spent countless hours in her art studio, producing a rich body of work that has been exhibited in New York, Michigan, Maine, and Finland.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Clarence; sons Adam (and his wife Pam), Alex (and his partner Regina) and Karl (and his wife Karen); as well as grandchildren Noah, Ellen, Kai and Rhea.

For those who would like a last opportunity to see all of Marlene's artwork, as she had it displayed in her studio, the family will greet friends at a remembrance at 72 Front Street in Bath, to be held on Saturday, June 23, from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Any questions can be sent to

The Gerberick family would like to extend our gratitude to all the staff at the Highlands in Topsham, specifically those in the Cadigan Lodge for their attentiveness and loving care.

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